Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys know that perhaps nothing is as difficult as dealing with the death of child. However, the situation is made even worse when a family believes that the death could have been avoided. When a child dies as a result of Illinois medical malpractice it is imperative that full accountability be hand and a complete investigation been conducted to ensure that future children are spared the same fate.
Yesterday the Chicago Sun-Times reported on a new Chicago medical malpractice lawsuit filed by the family of a young boy who was killed after suffering an asthma attack. According to reports, the seven-year-old boy was taken to three different hospitals in eleven hours-a time delay that his family claims contributed to his death. The boy’s ordeal began when he suffered an asthma attack in the morning at his home. The family rushed him to a local hospital. He was then transported to a different hospital, then yet another one.
The victim’s mother explains that she assumed that the doctors knew best when they told her that her son needed to be transferred to a different facility. However, she began to worry when the ambulance in which she was riding with her son hit rush hour traffic. She recalls being shocked when she learned that their destination was 45 minutes away. She worried that her son would not make it that long, as his condition began to deteriorate as he was making the ambulance trip.
The family explains that they did not believe they had any choice when it came to the transfers. Hospital officials claim that the patient and their family are always allowed to receive care at the hospital they are located if they chose. However, the family in this case does not recall ever being given an option. Instead, they believe they were told by medical professionals that their son had to be moved to a facility that was better equipped. However, what remains unclear is why the hospital chose to transfer the boy to a hospital that was 45 minutes away and had the exact same equipment that was offered at the first hospital.
In addition, after already being transferred 45 minutes away, the family was told that he had to be moved again. At the time of the second move the child was wheezing and clearly struggling to breathe. All ambulance trips are considered “destabilizing events” that should never be undertaken by one who is in a critical state. Therefore, it remains unclear why the facility moved the child when he was not stable. As a result, the child eventually needed to be placed in intensive care where he ultimately passed away.
Time is always crucial when it comes to emergency medical care. Our Illinois medical malpractice lawyers have worked with many patients who have suffered life-altering and life-ending problems as a result of their medical providers’ failure to act as quickly as possible to provide them with the care that they need. Sometimes this takes the form of failure to diagnose while in other cases it may be unnecessary ambulance rides that prevent victims from receiving the care that they need when they need it. In all cases, however, the law allows the victims to seek redress for their suffering. If you or someone you know has ever been in this situation, please consider giving our office a call to learn how we might be able to help.
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